AG Jeff Landry Calls on U.S. House and Senate to Back
Constitutional Right of Self-Defense
BATON ROUGE, LA – Continuing his efforts to support Louisiana residents’ constitutional rights, Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 23 other state attorneys general in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation.
“The citizen interest in self-defense, supported and protected by the Second Amendment, is called into serious question by such blanket refusals to permit carrying firearms in self-defense outside the home or to allow non-resident visitors to carry concealed weapons,” said General Landry. “Because some States refuse to give the Second Amendment its full import, Congress should enact concealed-carry reciprocity legislation, to help implement and enforce the constitutional right to self-defense for millions of law-abiding Americans across the country.”
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – General Landry and his colleagues called for support of the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (S. 446) and the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (H.R. 38).
The proposed legislation would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons in states where they do not reside, which some state laws do not allow. The attorneys general argue that, beyond being a basic constitutional right, states that do not allow non-residents to carry concealed weapons leave these citizens in danger and with no real option for self-defense in instances of gun violence.
“These bills aim to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun,” added General Landry. “They do not allow for carrying firearms by felons, those involuntarily committed to mental health facilities, and other persons prohibited by federal law from possessing or receiving firearms. And these bills would not prevent States from allowing governmental and private entities to preclude concealed carry on their own property.”
Joining General Landry in this petition to Congress are the attorneys general from Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
“We share a strong interest in the protection of our citizens’ constitutional rights, and we are committed to supporting federal and state policies that preserve these rights,” concluded General Landry. “I hope Congress swiftly debates and passes these bills that will eliminate significant obstacles to the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms for millions of Americans throughout our State and Nation.”